Wednesday, June 29, 2011

4th of July Activities for Toddlers and Preschoolers

Ah, the homemade American Flag. This is an activity I've looked forward to for a while and I'm pretty sure I'll have to save it. In preparation for this activity, we talked about the American Flag--its colors, the number of stars and stripes and what it represents. I explained to her that the stripes remind us of America's birthday when there were only thirteen "states" and the fifty stars show that we now have fifty states. I bought a mini American flag for us to look at while we did this activity.

1 piece of red, white, and blue construction paper
Elmer's glue
star-shaped hole punch
wooden skewer

Step One:
Show your preschooler how to cut out the stars with the hole punch. My two year old did well with this part too and it occupied her attention for awhile!

And Eloise thought the scraps were pretty entertaining.
Step Two:
Count your stars and make sure you have fifty. This may seem daunting for younger ones, but I think it's good practice for them to hear every number from 1-50, spoken outloud.

Step Three:
Cut out a blue rectangle and glue it in the top left corner of your white flag.
Step Four:
Cut out seven 1" to 1 1/4 " red stripes and glue them to your flag, trimming where necessary.

Step Five:
Glue your fifty stars onto the blue rectangle and tape flag onto skewer.


More to come!
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